FOR SOME GUYS, midlife means rediscovering their bodies; they want to write a new tale that includes pushing their bodies to their limits.
But some go about it the wrong way, choosing Michael Jordan's style of obsessive passion, which is motivated by external incentives and other people's perceptions. While others experience what psychologists call harmonious passion: immersed in an activity that you picked because you enjoy how it makes you feel.
"If you quit once, it becomes a habit never quit".
I used to think the passion was an essential part of our success and well-being. Yet, we see passionate people who seem to suffer because of their passion because it is not as straightforward as you think.
I know plenty of guys who have an obsessive passion for their fitness that it had become their central focus even when they were away from the activity, always thinking about it. In my experience, there will only be one outcome – burnout and injury.
Then others have a harmonious passion and a sense of purpose without being defined by the results. These guys have let go of their ego to simply do what they love to do. My only advice is when you are ready to push your body, be passionate about what you do—however, you will be far better off if you do so in a harmonious manner.